Sydney Sinni believes that people can encounter visions of beauty, goodness, and truth through great literature, and she loves engaging in deep conversations about such books with her students.
Sydney graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi College, a small Christian university, in 2020 with a major in English Literature. At Mississippi College, Sydney worked in the writing center as a peer tutor. There, she learned how to explain writing skills to her peers and familiarized herself with a wide range of writing styles and assignments. After realizing how much she enjoyed helping others learn how to write effectively, Sydney began to consider a career as a teacher.
After graduating from Mississippi College, Sydney moved to Waco, Texas, to pursue a master’s in English at Baylor University. At Baylor, she worked in the University Writing Center as a graduate consultant and continued to help students present their ideas to others through writing. She also worked as a writing consultant for the Office of Engaged Learning at Baylor where she helped undergraduate students apply for Fulbright awards by teaching them how to write a winning personal statement. In 2022, seven Baylor undergraduates who worked with her won a Fulbright.
Sydney graduated from Baylor in 2022 and currently resides in Waco with her husband, who is completing a Ph.D. in English at Baylor. When she is not talking about books with her husband over a warm cup of tea, Sydney enjoys gardening, cooking, and long conversations with friends.
For Sydney, online teaching is a special opportunity to share the skills and the knowledge she has gained with the homeschool community. Sydney was homeschooled from K-12th grade and discovered her love for literature in an online class. She knows that literature can be delightful and morally formative, and she is anxious to help other students experience the joys of literature.
Cultivating a Vision of the Good Life Through Literature
Studying literature is not merely an entertaining way to gain writing skills but also an opportunity to develop a vision of what it looks like to live a good life. Stories are uniquely suited to help us develop that vision because they depict virtues and vices in a winsome manner and help us imagine a world without sin.